It’s the most wonderful two months of the year
By Sonam Kaloti, Arts Editor
Upon writing this article, I’ve consumed a peppermint mocha and chestnut praline latte in the same day—and I’m here to tell you to let people enjoy things.
Now that November is here, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. However, most people would love to tell you off, if you even try to say it. Truth be told, Christmas embodies an all-around happy atmosphere that most people would like to partake in as soon as possible during these dark and cold months, so what’s the big deal?
There are a few types of people in the world: those who can’t wrap their head around Halloween being over, those who put up their Christmas tree on November 1, and those who believe we should wait until Remembrance Day to begin celebrating Christmas.
I’m all for the spooky season—but there’s no “Halloween” in November. It ends October 31 and that’s the end of it—no arguments. As for those who believe we should wait until after Remembrance Day, I don’t believe celebrating a festive holiday takes anything away from honouring those who have fought for us. There’s not really any music or decorations to swap out for Remembrance Day anyway. It’s a much more introspective holiday, and it’s not like having a few different things going on at once is impossible for the human brain to process.
Besides, Christmas is such a loving holiday that highlights spending time with family and the people you love, which, if anything, complements Remembrance Day nicely.
What gets my goat a little bit about celebrating Christmas early, though, are the decorations. I’m not entirely sure why—maybe I’m just jealous of the energy you’d need to have to take down your Halloween decorations and put up an entire tree and all things Xmas within the same week. I love festivities, but man, am I tired.
What better way to get energized than Hallmark movies? Honestly, these are now a family tradition to watch every Christmas season. They’re God awful… but perfect to be joked about. What’re you going to do? Tell people not to watch movies with their family? Try again, buck-o.
Finally: Christmas music. It’s beautiful, it’s fun, and it’s in every genre—what more could you ask for? Well, you could ask for more and I’d happily oblige, but here we are, getting angrily yelled at from across the classroom for playing Bing Crosby’s “Mele Kalikimaka” while soldering cables. The music is genuinely good listening too; it’s not like we’re playing “Monster Mash” over and over again. It may be totally understandable to be mad if it was “Last Christmas” by Wham! though. I listen to Christmas music in the summer because it’s just that good.
Usually it isn’t the case that the people hating on celebrating early don’t enjoy the festivities—they just don’t like them being celebrating in November, but you know what? Time isn’t real, so I rest my case. Your only choice, really, is to be a grinch, or join in on the joy. So, choose wisely this year… I promise the latter is more fun for everybody.